VII. The Totality of the Kingdom, P 6
6 Only honor is a fitting gift for those whom God Himself created worthy of honor, and whom He honors. Give them the appreciation God accords them always, because they are His beloved Sons in whom He is well pleased. You cannot be apart from them because you are not apart from Him. Rest in His Love and protect your rest by loving. But love everything He created, of which you are a part, or you cannot learn of His peace and accept His gift for yourself and as yourself. You cannot know your own perfection until you have honored all those who were created like you.
I don’t know why it took me so long to understand that I am one with everyone, that we are worthy and that God loves us without exception and unconditionally. It should be evident since this is what the Course is teaching us. But we won’t know this other than as a concept unless we honor each other and love each other in the same way that God does. This means that our love must be universal.
Universal love flows to everyone equally, blessing none less than another. There must be no boundaries. My love cannot stop at one body, and skip over another. It must have no conditions, no secret bargains in which love is given in the hopes that in return the other will fill some perceived need. I must love all without exception if I am to know myself as love.
This is some pretty lofty stuff. How do we do this? My path has been one of noticing when I do the opposite and recognizing that it is not making me happy, and not waking me up. Then I ask the Holy Spirit to heal me. I ask for the Atonement, I accept the Atonement, I receive the Atonement. Love then flows to and through me on its own without my further assistance.
I want to know who I am. I want to know myself as perfect love. So I continue to love as perfectly as I can and I give my willingness to be taught how to love more perfectly.